He is unemployed, with two girls in his charge and has been living since June without income because the Xunta de Galicia has sanctioned it for six months without the less than 400 euros that he received as income from social inclusion. María, the fictitious name chosen by Stop Ernesto de Ferrol to denounce her case, is now facing a claim of eviction from a real estate agent for the non-payment of the 300 euros a month for renting the apartment where she lives with her daughters. The punishment of the Autonomous Administration, caused by not having renewed his job-seeking status in time, has not relapsed only in her but also in her two small, under 10 years. "It can be debatable, but it is the usual procedure," they explain from the Ministry of Social Policy of the Galician Government.
For the Stop Desahucios ferrolana platform, the story of María shows that the "arbitrary and unjust rules" of the Xunta at the time of applying the income of social inclusion of Galicia (Risga) "punish poverty." "The protection of the child is fundamental and social services, although we know that they suffer from a lack of personnel and resources, can not be the police of the poor," explains his spokesperson, Inácio Martínez, who says that the victim tried to renew his status as a plaintiff. of employment on the Internet but did not do it correctly.
The smothered existence of Mary Many single mothers suffer in Spain. She is divorced (the Xunta granted her a payment of less than 400 euros because she subtracts the 150 euros her ex-husband gives her to raise the girls) and the care of her daughters alone restricts her available hours to meet the demands of the benefit. "If this benefit is for social inclusion, it has to have staff that cater to those who are unable to normalize their lives, but can not sanction them," says Martínez. In a case like Maria's, she adds, the Xunta should have checked before withdrawing the social rent under what conditions she lives, if she has the help she deserves and offering her training to find a job adapted to her mother's schedule.
María resides in a house that was once public. It was built by the Government and belonged to the Institute of Housing, Infrastructure and Equipment of Defense (Invied), an official body that sold it along with many other military properties in the Ferrolterra region. According to data provided by the antidesahucios collective, the city has more than 10,000 empty houses and there are more than 600 people who demand a social apartment for rent: "Inward de Ferrol himself admitted a few months ago that he has 77 empty houses".
After the privatization, it is a real estate company that rents Maria her apartment for 300 euros a month and, although she would be entitled to a bonus for electricity and water bills, she explains that she can not access this rebate because her landlord does not let her put in his name the ownership of these services. "He never had a copy of the rental agreement until it came along with the eviction lawsuit," denounced from the anti-suicide association of Ferrol.
The judicial hearing to evict María and her daughters is set for next November 30 and the launching has been marked for December 27. As established by an agreement signed between the Galician federation of municipalities, the General Council of the Judiciary and the Xunta, it is expected that the regional and local administration request the court to postpone the eviction. The objective, they explain from the association that has reported the case, is to find this family another home with less income. "We have this case very present, it is not a number more", they assure from the Galician Government. "We are working to stop the eviction."
The sanction of the Xunta that has left María and her daughters without income will last until December. The Department of Social Policy that runs the popular Fabiola García reports that the regional services "are working" with the City Council so that from that date this neighbor of Ferrol recover social inclusion income and also receive a social emergency aid from City council of your city. From this autonomous department they add that they have also interceded before the Galego da Vivenda e Solo Institute so that they can process a social rent bonus to Maria urgently.
The Galician Government prepares changes before the end of the year in the rules of the Risga so that its recipients can have a job that does not exceed 440 euros. Until now it was incompatible with any other type of income that entered through the door of a same address. This requirement has prevented to the nearly 10,000 Galicians who depend on it for their subsistence, to perform sporadic jobs or even to live with a roommate who receives a salary or benefit.